Tongue Problems Directory

It can be very uncomfortable when you experience tongue problems. Most conditions are not serious, though some tongue problems can be a sign of oral cancer or other more serious problems. Leukoplakia, thrush, and lichen planus are characterized by white patches on the tongue. A red tongue can be a sign of geographic tongue, scarlet fever, Kawasaki syndrome, or a vitamin deficiency. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tongue problems are caused, what they look like, symptoms of various tongue problems, and much more.

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